Jeremias Israel has been dumped the HRC Rally team for what it calls improper use of his and Honda’s image in regards to Israel’s existing contract with Great Wall Motors who markets autos in his home country of Chile.
HRC Honda – “After in-depth discussions and considerations, to its regret, Honda Racing Corporation has decided that Mr. Jeremias Israel is officially and irrevocably relieved from all his duties as a member of the HRC Dakar Team.
HRC has determined, in fact on the basis of factual evidence, that the rider – even if possibly in good faith – contravened however the exclusivity image rights granted to HRC, in addition making improper and non authorized use of HRC and Honda trademarks and goods.
Last September 17th, 2015 Mr. Israel was formally advised of the objections raised by HRC and of the termination of his contract with immediate effect.”
In a quote printed by Enduropro.com, Israel states:
“I’m surprised I do not understand , because it is a contract that I have with this company since 2013 , ie , before signing with Honda was not something hidden or covered I am very hurt , shocked is first something happens like that. it’s like he had committed an offense and it is not. I’ve had some not very nice days, it’s a complicated situation. I talked to my manager , I contacted the team and talked to a lawyer to see the issue . the letter I received was very clear and very aggressive to terminate the contract. ”